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Meet Valerie La Rose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Valerie La Rose.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Growing up, I’ve always loved to dance and perform. My mom put me and my sister on ballet class from six years old. My parents thought it was really important to be exposed to dance and music from a young age. From then on, I’ve been always engaged in some sort of dance and musical class. I payed the flute from seven years old and later switched to saxophone. From approximately 16 years old I started doing professional stage and tv performances through my dance school. When I realized I could make my passion my career I went for it. I took dance classes all throughout my high school years and eventually, I studied and got my bachelor in performing arts in Amsterdam. Ever since, I’ve been working as a freelancer for different dance- and tv shows, commercials, and different artists in Europe. Shows like The Voice of Holland, music video’s with ao Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren and danced for EDM festivals like ‘Sensation’ and Tomorrowland. I totally loved my life and career living in Amsterdam, but still I felt like I was ready for a change and just follow my wildest dreams.

Two years ago, I decided to make the big move to Los Angeles and it’s been quite the rollercoaster. Starting totally from scratch was and is pretty challenging. I signed with the renowned dance agency MSA and with Sovereign Talent for my theatrical endeavours, and have been working towards creating my dream career, and also realizing that just living here and being able to work towards my dreams everyday is already the dream. Since I’ve been here, I’ve worked with artists like Anne Marie and did a national commercial for Cadillac. What I’ve mainly learned from being in LA is I’ve had to work harder than ever and take matters in own hands and be super proactive. All of this has definitely led to building character and really getting to know myself. For which I’m super grateful for. And I’m super excited for what my LA future has in store for me.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s definitely not just been a smooth road. Fortunately, my sister moved to LA before me, but other than her I didn’t know anybody, so I had to build my network and friends circle from scratch. Living in LA is really a rollercoaster. One day you feel like you’re on top of the world and anything is possible. The other day I’m questioning what I’m doing and I get homesick. It’s a 9 hour difference with Amsterdam, so sometimes it can be hard to keep in contact. It’s also been a puzzle to know where I put my focus on. My tendency when I first moved here, was to do anything and everything that came my way. But now I realize I have to divide time wisely and focus on the important things!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m an actress, dancer and model. My work is a combination of commercial dance jobs, commercials where I can combine my dancing and acting skills, and purely acting jobs. I’m not necessarily proud of one particular accomplishment, but I’m proud of the fact that I flew across the world to come to LA and follow my dreams, that I started with nothing and that I have been able to establish myself a little bit here. I think what sets me most apart doing that is using my Dutch down-to-earthness to navigate this vibrant city. At the moment I’m very focused on being proactive and staying creative. What’s important to me is being able to stay true to myself, setting goals and achieving them, working hard and exploring new parts of myself. Up until now I’ve been fortunate to do shoots for JC Penney, Manduka yoga, Target, Wella, Boscia, and have done several short films. All projects were dreams come true. And what has been really fun is the national commercial I did for Cadillac. It was playing on tv and in the cinemas all over the country. My cousin from Amsterdam was vacationing in Florida and she called me screaming that she saw me on the big screen before her movie was screening. At the moment I’m working on a short film and I’m looking forward to filming and directing my own written short in the near future.

What were you like growing up?
When I was young, I was always interested in dance and music. Me and my sister would always make dances and perform them for family members or friends of my parents that were visiting, force them to watch actually. Or teach dance steps to our neighbors and make them perform it with us. We would also write our own songs. We were very fanatic. Still I had many different interests and I loved to learn, for a brief moment I thought I wanted to do something else with my life. But the pull to being creative and expressing through art was always bigger!!

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Martika de Sanders, The Actor’s Collective, Mark Leibowitz

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